Star Behavioral Health Providers

Military service can bring stress for members of the military, their families, friends, co-workers and even those in the surrounding community. Deployment, reintegration and associated injuries can add to the mental and emotional strain. And when those stresses do occur, it is not always easy for those affected to know where they can turn for help.

To address that need, the Indiana National Guard (INNG), Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), National Guard Bureau’s Psychological Health Program, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) have collaborated to create Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP). This program is a training, referral, and dissemination program that helps service members and those who care about them locate trained civilian behavioral health professionals who better understand challenges associated with military service.

For consumers and referring professionals, SBHP houses a unique database where they can confidentially filter through a list of civilian health providers who have completed particular levels of educational training related to the military. For clinicians, SBHP is a comprehensive resource through which they can gain the training to serve those who serve our country.

MFRI and the CDP are proud to replicate the SBHP program in Michigan, with the Michigan National Guard, the Director of Psychological Health-National Guard Bureau and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University.

More resources and information on the program in both states can be found at the SBHP website.

You are also welcome to watch a TV interview with MFRI Director of Outreach Kathy Broniarczyk, who explains the importance of building sensitivity among behavioral health specialists as she talks about SBHP.